Thursday, January 11, 2018 10.00AM / Ministry of Budget and
of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, has commended the
Japanese Government for aligning its development assistance programmes with the
development needs of Nigeria.
Senator Udoma who
made the commendation when members of Japanese Parliament led by Mr. Kiyoshi
Ejima, visited him in Abuja, said Japan’s contributions to Nigeria in the areas
of Health, Education, Power, Infrastructure and Agriculture through its
Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) programme fits into the priority areas of
government and very valuable to the overall development agenda of the current
has been very helpful because it focuses on our priorities, particularly in
agriculture, industrialization, transportation, power and oil and gas which are
also the priority areas of focus in Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan
(ERGP). So, the assistance you are giving are in our priority areas”, he said.
He told the
parliamentarians that Nigeria is a country in a hurry for rapid economic
development and therefore cherishes its relationship with, and willing to learn
from the experiences of a country like Japan which has done extremely well in
its economic development strides.
explained that there are a number of opportunities for foreign investment in
Nigeria and government has introduced a number of policies and initiatives to
make doing business in the country easy and convenient for investors.
the contributions of the Japanese government to various aspects of Nigeria’s
national life, he assured the parliamentarians that Nigeria appreciates the
benefits of such development assistance.
It was the
Minister’s belief that continued collaboration between the two countries can
generate mutual benefits for national of both countries.
He recognized the
importance of the views and inputs of parliamentarians in shaping government
policies and was optimistic that their visit to Nigeria will strengthen economic
ties existing between the two countries.
The Minister of
State in the Ministry, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, observed that it was the first time
parliamentarians from any country would visit Nigeria to monitor the progress
of development assistance programmes, a development she said was welcome
because it also puts the receiving country on notice that utilization was being
The leader of the
Japanese delegation, Mr. Kiyoshi Ejima, who is a Member of the Japanese Upper
House, the House of Councillors, said that Japan attaches great importance to
its relations with Nigeria and expressed the support of his home government to
assist Nigeria achieve her ambition of becoming one of the largest economies by
the year 20: 2020.
Pointing to an
earlier visit by a delegation of Japanese businessmen to Nigeria last year,
Ejima said it was a further demonstration of the value Japan attaches to its
relations with Nigeria.
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